The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides federally backed flood insurance that encourages communities to enact and enforce floodplain regulations. To be covered by a flood insurance policy, a property must be in a community that participates in the NFIP.
Throughout Pasco County there are natural areas which include wetlands, open space and parks. Wetlands are natural cleaning systems filtering contaminants and purifying water as it passes through. Wetlands collect and store rainwater. Some of the rainwater soaks into the ground to recharge the aquifer. Another benefit of wetlands is to help protect us from floods. Wetlands absorb heavy rainfall and release the water very slowly, protecting homes and businesses from flooding.
In 2004, recognizing the importance of these natural areas, Pasco County created the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program (ELAMP). Through this program, natural areas of Pasco are being acquired and preserved in their natural state. For more information on this program visit the Acquisition page of ELAMP.
You can also review a map (PDF) of the natural areas that have been preserved and those proposed to be preserved.
In addition, Pasco County has adopted rules to protect wetlands by requiring new development to set back from wetlands. To learn more about the ways Pasco County protects wetlands and other natural areas visit Chapter 800 of the Land Development Code.
Learn more about Protecting Floodplain Resources.
For more information on the NFIP, determining flood risk, elevation certificates along with building and development requirements select any of the topics above or to the left. Send an inquiry to Floodplain Information , visit the Building Construction Services Department at 8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey, Florida or via telephone at (727) 847-8126.
To view the Flood Information Brochure (PDF),
The U.S. Geological Survey has many data collection within Pasco County. These provide valuable information to all of the real-time conditions in riverine areas.
The following real-time stream-gages within Pasco County are available for viewing:
- Anclote River near Elfers (USGS 02310000)
- *Anclote River Near Holiday (USGS 02310075)
- *Bear Creek near Bayonet Point (USGS 02310368)
- *Cypress Creek near San Antonio (USGS 02303400)
- Cypress Creek Tributary near Wesley Chapel (USGS 02303410)
- *Cypress Creek at Worthington Gardens (USGS 02303420)
- Five Mile Creek near Fivay Junction (USGS 02310286)
- Hillsborough River at Crystal Springs (USGS 02301990)
- *Hillsborough River near Zephyrhills (USGS 02302010)
- *Lake Worrell Outfall near New Port Richey (USGS 02310322)
- *New River near Wesley Chapel (USGS 02303090)
- *Pithlachascotee River at Main St at New Port Richey (USGS 02310308)
- Pithlachascotee River near New Port Richey (USGS 02310300)
- Pithlachascotee River near Fivay Junction (USGS 02310280)
- Pithlachascotee River near Fivay Junction - Live Watercam Video
- South Branch Anclote River near Odessa (USGS 02309848)
- Trout Creek at Wesley Chapel (USGS 02303348)
- Trout Creek at Wesley Chapel - Live Watercam Video
- Withlacoochee River near Cumpressco (USGS 02310947)
- Withlacoochee River near Dade City (USGS 02311500)
- Withlacoochee River at Trilby (USGS 02312000)
- Withlacoochee-Hillsborough Overflow near Richland (USGS 02311000)
View a tutorial on how to access real-time streamflow data in your watershed please.